Older homes are all over the Reno area. With preventative maintenance every home will be an older home someday. The key word is “preventative”. Putting repairs off or not even knowing repairs are needed can allow damage to get past being a minor fix and end up costing lots more money in the long run. As a Reno Home Inspector and Energy Auditor I get to look at allot of older homes and know firsthand what deferred maintenance and shoddy repairs can do to a home.
With such a large investment in their hands it’s shocking how homes can end up in such stages of disrepair. I often wonder how a seller can be so surprised of what a Home Inspection or Energy Audit uncovers when there hasn’t been any preventative maintenance performed on a home for years on end. In a recent article the author gives some advice on how to spot hidden problems in older homes. http://homes.yahoo.com/news/how-to-spot-hidden-problems-in-older-homes.html I have some advice of my own. Hire a Home Inspector like myself to come every year of two and look over the house. The report will give you lots of information and direct you to the areas that are in need of attention. If you’re also looking for more energy efficiency, durability, and improved comfort or safety then an Energy Audit might be the best thing for you.
Since your house can’t take care of itself it has to be looked after.